Verdant Leisure add Wooler site to Pease Bay and Thurston Manor

THE owners of Pease Bay Leisure Park and Thurston Manor Leisure Park near Dunbar have added the Riverside Country Park site at Wooler to their growing number of holiday sites .

The Wooler based site is the first time that Verdant Leisure have ventured across the border into England, their aim being to develop a region wide group of holiday parks across the border country stretching from Ayrshire in the west to Northumberland in the east..

Wooler’s Riverside Country Park has 350 holiday home owners and 40 caravans for hire and is set in 80 acres of woodland on the edge of Northumberland National Park. Verdant Leisure boought the site from Dales LLP.

Verdant Leisure’s chief executive said: “Our focus is on acquiring already thriving businesses that we can add value to through operational improvements, physical development and investment in customer services and marketing.

“Riverside is a welcome addition to our portfolio and is a good fit with our brand.

“We have enjoyed strong trading during the last 15 months, despite the bleak economy, and are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead.”

In 2010 Verdant’s management team successfully completed a management buy-in of Dunham Leisure Limited, owners of Thurston Manor since 1991 and the Pease Bay site.

The Dunham family started their leisure park business at Wooler’s Bridgend site, one of two caravan sites in the town which were later jointly owned by North Dale.

“Bridgend is now a residential site, still owned by North Dale, who sold the Riverside site to Verdant.

Denis Dunham bought the Thurston Manor site in East Lothian in 1991, expanding the business to take in the Pease Bay site.

Frank Bulman, partner in RJD said: “We are delighted to back the Verdant team. Riverside is an excellent fit with the business.”